Horseriding therapy and posture in children with CP

What are the beneficial effects?

Children with cerebral palsy (CP) often undergo years of therapy in an attempt to normalise muscle tone and improve posture. It can be challenging for physiotherapists to sustain the children's interest in the therapy.

With therapeutic riding, children can be placed in specific postures on the horse to get a specific response. Furthermore, the warmth of the horse combined with the rhythmical movement of walking is thought to be useful in reducing high muscle tone and promoting relaxation.

This study aimed to investigate the postural changes in children with spastic cerebral palsy after participation in a therapeutic riding program.


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